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With the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster coming up on 26 April, Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks travelled to Ukraine to commemorate the catastrophe. The focus of her two-day trip is a visit to the site of the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl. Being clearly visible even from a great distance, it is a grim reminder of the worst accident in the history of the civil use of nuclear energy. more

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Five years ago a flood wave caused by a severe earthquake in Japan led to a core meltdown in the four blocks of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. High levels of radioactivity were released with devastating consequences for people and the environment. Barbara Hendricks will travel to Japan in May to learn about the work being carried out on the site of the Fukushima I nuclear power plant and to visit the evacuated areas. more

View on nuclear power plant Grohnde in the region Emsland.

The first Europe-wide approach to dealing with severe nuclear accidents, developed at the German Environment Ministry’s initiative, was published on 24 November. It provides a standardised scheme for assessing the state of a nuclear facility. 21 experts from 14 countries made recommendations on how to plan for countermeasures to protect the public during the early phase of a severe nuclear accident. more

Blue/yellow European flag, among others, fluttering in front of a bulding

The Federal Environment Ministry supports the Council of the EU in its decision to revise European radiation protection law. The directive adopted on December 5 will help to improve the high level of protection of workers and the general public against the dangers from ionising radiation and enhance radiation protection in medicine. more

man using his cell phone, in the background there are satellite dishes

The new provisions on electromagnetic fields and the proof procedure under telecommunications law will enter into force on 22 August 2013. The ordinance amending the existing provisions has now been adopted by the Federal Government with the consent of the Bundestag and Bundesrat and contains in particular regulations on precautionary health protection.  more

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